DAILY SABAH: Ukraine's Antonov seeks cooperation with Turkish partners

The trade volume between Ukraine and Turkey increased by 1.7% in the first half of the current year to reach USD 2.27 billion

Daily Sabah
Saturday, 22 August 2020 17:24

Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer, Antonov, is looking to increase cooperation with Turkish partners, including the joint production of aircraft.

Cooperation in different fields, like trade and defense, has also dominated the agenda between Kyiv and Ankara as their bilateral relations have picked up the pace.

As part of the process, newly appointed Antonov Chairman Oleksandr Los recently visited Turkey.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrii Sybiha confirmed the visit on his Twitter account on Aug. 18.

Sybiha reiterated that the cooperation between Ukraine and Turkey should share the perspective "from underground to over the sky."

"The An-178 aircraft with unique characteristics is a promising project for many international partners," his statement added.

A report, published by Turkish broadcaster CNN Türk on Thursday, said Turkey and Ukraine took the first formal step for the joint production of the Antonov aircraft. Antonov chairman Los visited the country to hold talks.

"Steps for defense and joint production of Antonov aircraft were clarified during the meeting and another delegation from the company is expected next week," the report said.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, in an earlier broadcast, told CNN Türk that now they "want to start more daring projects. Projects where Turkish and Ukrainian technologies are used together. These will be competitive projects in the global sense."

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